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Here we go with what should be another awesome episode of Lucha Underground. I think I was closer to the railing on the balcony for this one so maybe you can see me. Let’s find out! We start off with some clips from Ultima Lucha, including Mil Muertes beating Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Championship and Black Lotus killing El Dragon Azteca after Dario Cueto told her Azteca murdered her parents. Yeah, that was pretty nuts.
We’re now in the present in the Temple and Prince Puma is working out. Pentagon Jr. comes in and thanks Puma for giving him the opportunity to break the arm of Mil Muertes last week and pleasing his Master. Pentagon says that tonight they will be partners against the Disciples of Death but the next sacrifice to his Master will be Puma. Pentagon says he has zero fear and Puma strikes out at Pentagon. They fight a bit. Puma hits a crazy flip kick on Pentagon and growls in his face. We then cut to the live action in the Temple.
Johnny Mundo vs. Killshot
They edited the crowd chants for Mundo. I think they changed it to “Johnny Zero.” What everyone was chanting was “Johnny Punto.” Punto is spanish slang for pussy, if I remember correctly. It could have also been “puto” which can be a derogatory term for homosexual. So yeah, not really appropriate and I don’t blame them for editing it out. Killshot starts things off with a snapmare but Mundo recovers quickly. Killshot hits a big kick and dodges one from Mundo. Killshot follows up with an enziguri, knocking Mundo to the floor. Killshot then hits a crazy diving moonsault over the ropes and onto Mundo. Mundo responds with a huge spear, stopping Killshot in his tracks. Mundo tosses him in the ring and gets a two count off a pin attempt. Killshot follows up with a rolling cutter but Mundo gets into the ropes. Killshot then goes for a powerbomb but Mundo slips out of it and hits the C4 on Killshot to get a nearfall.
Mundo wastes some time taunting the crowd and getting ready to go for The End of the World. Killshot rolls out of the way before Mundo can even get up on the turnbuckle. Mundo hits a tackle in the corner but Killshot responds by whipping Mundo into the opposite corner. He goes for a corner attack but Mundo is able to counter with a kick. Killshot recovers and hits a dropkick on Mundo in the corner. He then goes up top and hits a shooting star press but Mundo kicks out at the last possible second. Killshot is really establishing himself with this match, win or lose. Killshot goes for a slam but Mundo blocks it and hits Killshot with a knee. Killshot responds with a huge knee of his own and irish whips Mundo. Mundo takes out the ref, Rick Knox. While Knox is recovering in the corner, Mundo counters a Killshot leapfrog with a big kick to the groin and follows it up with a slingshot kick off the ropes. He is then able to hit The End of the World on Killshot and get the three count for the pin.
Johnny gets on the mic after his victory and taunts Mil Muertes. Cage appears on the balcony and says it is good to be back in the Temple. He is 100% healthy, unlike Muertes. He says when Muertes is healed up, he won’t just break Muertes’ arm, he’ll break his entire body. Mundo interrupts Cage, saying Cage isn’t even his league. Cage reminds Mundo that the last time they met, Cage whupped his ass and if Mundo wants to go, they can go right now. Cage gets in the ring and stares down Mundo. Mundo gets out of there in a hurry. Cage turns around and stares down Muertes, who is up on his throne. Mundo then attacks Cage from behind but Cage responds with a huge clothesline and goes for a press slam on Cage but Mundo slips out of it and gets out of there.
When we come back from commercial we get a vignette where Marty the Moth is still holding Sexy Star captive. He says he has brought her something and opens his hands to reveal a butterfly. Sexy turns away in fear. Marty says there is no reason to be afraid, that all this is for her own good. He tells Sexy that his sister says it is almost time for Sexy to fly back to the temple. She won’t be alone, they are coming with her. That was pretty creepy.
We then get a promo featuring the Darewolf, PJ Black. PJ, formerly known as Justin Gabriel in WWE, is shown riding the roads on a motorcycle and then fights some other motorcycle guys. His voiceover says he doesn’t seek money or recognition. He is just looking for his next thrill and he has heard that Lucha Underground is the place to get it. He takes out both of the motorcycle guys and lets out a roar. Pretty badass.
The Mack vs. PJ Black
I don’t think I made it to the edge of the railing yet where the wrestlers walk down the steps and it’s so dark you can’t see the rest of the balcony. You can kind of see me give PJ Black a high five though. I am a huge PJ Black fan, having followed him since his debut on the original NXT and then as part of the Nexus. Benson and I got to see him in some of his first indie matches in EVOLVE during WrestleMania weekend last year and he was awesome. He is a perfect addition to the Lucha Underground roster. Willie Mack is also a big fave of mine as he has been a huge part of the SoCal indie scene for as long as I have been going to shows. I first saw him in Mach 1 in Anaheim where he was champion and have seen him several times since then. He is crazy agile for a big guy and has tons of charisma.
Black gets Mack in a side headlock to start things off. They go into the ropes and Willie hits a hiptoss but Black lands on his feet and hits a kick on Mack. He then gets Mack back in a side headlock. Willie powers out and tosses PJ into the ropes but PJ responds with a big tackle. He hits a nice armdrag on Mack. Mack responds with an armdrag of his own and hits a kick on Black. They both exchange chops. Mack whips PJ in the ropes and they exchange counters but Mack then nails PJ with an enziguri. Mack whips PJ into the corner hard and goes for a corner attack but PJ counters with a double kick out of the corner. PJ goes in to attack a dazed Mack but Mack surprises PJ with a Samoan Drop. He follows this up with a standing moonsault and gets a near fall.
The two exchange punches after getting back on their feet and then some chops. PJ hits a kick and Mack responds in kind. PJ then hits an uppercut and a forearm. He tries for another forearm but Mack grabs him and goes for a German suplex but PJ has it scouted and lands on his feet. PJ tosses Mack in the ropes and then hits a big Blue Thunder Bomb but Mack manages to kick out. PJ follows this up with a springboard moonsault and he gets another near fall. PJ goes up to the top to go for his 450 but Mack rolls out of range. PJ hits a flying forearm into the corner and then goes for a springboard attack but Mack counters this with a stunner and gets a three count. Great finish and a great match. Fantastic debut for PJ Black.
When we come back from the break we get a vignette featuring the newest female on the Lucha Underground roster, Kobra Moon. The excellent luchadora also known as Thunder Rosa on the indies will debut next week! She is pretty awesome!
Prince Puma and Pentagon Jr. vs. The Disciples of Death
This is a 3 on 2 handicap match as the Trios champions take on the two biggest stars in Lucha Underground. I cannot understate how over Pentagon is with the Lucha Underground crowd. He also got one of the biggest pops at PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles. He is quickly becoming a huge star in the States. The Disciples of Death jump Pentagon and Puma before the bell rings. Puma cleans house and Pentagon then hits a diving attack to the outside on all three Disciples. Puma then hits a crazy shooting star off the top rope to the outside. He and Pentagon argue a bit and the Disciples take advantage, double teaming Puma in the ring. I am not sure which Disciple is which so I will do my best here. Disciple goes after Puma’s mask and tosses him into their corner. The Disciples triple team Puma. El Siniestro Del Muerte goes for a pin on Puma but Pentagon breaks it up. The Disciples respond by triple teaming Pentagon.
SDM hits a suplex on Puma and he and another Disciple hit a double team on Puma. Pentagon comes in and clears the ring. He then hits big slaps on all three Disciples. Puma hits a flying dropkick off the top rope on Trece and he and Pentagon face off again. Trece hits a hanging DDT off the rope on Puma. SDM hits a catapult dropkick on Pentagon, knocking Pentagon to the floor and Barrio Negro then hits a flying attack onto Pentagon. Back in the ring, Puma hits a big piledriver on Trece and then goes up for the 630 splash. Pentagon tags himself in as Puma launches into the air and Pentagon pins Trece after Puma hits the 630.
After the match, the gloves are off between Puma and Pentagon and they go at it. Pentagon hits the Lung Blower on Puma and then goes for the armbreaker.Puma manages to fight out of it. He goes for an enziguri but Pentagon slips out of the ring.
The closing vignette is a big one as we hear an off camera Rey Mysterio talking to the mysterious hooded figure we saw in the final moments of Ultima Lucha. He lowers his hood to reveal that he is Dragon Azteca Jr and that he has inherited the mask of his father. Rey then reveals himself to the camera as we end the show. Awesome!
This should be an exciting episode of NXT as Finn Balor will face Apollo Crews in a non-title match. We start things off with the return of The Vaudevillains. We haven’t seen these guys in a bit so let’s see what they have to bring to Full Sail.
The Vaudevillains vs. The Hype Bros
I am not sure what Mojo has to do at this point to get over but I personally think this is a good step for him. He seems to have improved in the ring since teaming up with Ryder. English starts off against Mojo and Mojo quickly gains control with a splash. He gets the crowd hyped and tags in Ryder. Ryder counters a backdrop attempt by English and hits a dropkick. He goes for a scoop slam and Gotch interferes, distracting Ryder long enough for English to take control. He hits a kick in the corner and then a splash. The Vaudevillains are definitely showing a more aggressive side as English tags in Gotch and they hit a series of double team strikes on Ryder. Gotch goes for a pin but Ryder’s foot is in the ropes. He nails Ryder with a strike and goes for another pin attempt, barely getting a two count.
We get some quick tags between Gotch and English as they maintain control. They go for a double backdrop and Ryder is able to counter taking down English with an enziguri and kicking Gotch in the gut. This creates some space and Ryder is able to make the hot tag to Mojo, who quickly takes down Gotch with a face slam. He then hits a splash in the corner. Mojo goes for another one but he misses. Ryder is able to tag in. English attempts to interfere but Ryder nails him with a forearm. He then hits a dropkick on Gotch and goes for a Broski Boot but English pulls Gotch out of the way. Gotch tags in English and hits an uppercut on Ryder followed by English hitting the Whirling Dervish and getting the pinfall. The Vaudevillains definitely looked strong here, showing a more aggressive heelish side that we haven’t seen from them in quite some time. We’ll see where this goes.
We are shown some highlights from the Women’s #1 Contender Battle Royale 3 weeks ago featuring Asuka being eliminated by Eva Marie and Carmella eliminating Eva to win the match and becoming the #1 contender. Tom Phillips interviews Carmella about her win. She talks about how wrestling is in her blood. Her dad was a wrestler in the 90’s. He was even a jobber in the WWE. Tom asks if her friendship with Bayley is going to be affected by the championship match and Carmella says nothing will change that friendship. They both understand what is important and why they are here. Tonight Carmella will take on Emma. She says tonight she will prove why she deserves to be the #1 contender and why she will be the next NXT Women’s champion. This was a good spotlight on Carmella.
When we come back from break, Dash and Dawson are interviewed backstage. They talk about how they beat Enzo and Cass in London. Enzo and Cass can talk all they want but they’ll never beat them. They’ve beat every tag team in NXT, including the Ascension, and are on their way to becoming the greatest NXT tag team of all time. They’re happy to give Enzo and Cass another shot at the title but it will have the same result as always. Pretty good stuff here from the champs.
Carmella vs. Emma
Emma is accompanied to the ring by Dana Brooke. Emma talks some trash before the bell. They go back and forth a bit after locking up but Emma gets a little cocky and Carmella slams her face first into the mat when Emma has her back turned. Emma is able to counter a corner attack by Carmella and takes control. She gets Carmella in a stretch hold and Dana cheers her on. She turns the stretch into a pin attempt and gets a two count. Carmella counters an Emma choke attempt with a monkey flip and then slams Emma into the turnbuckle. She hits a headscissors off the second rope and then connects with the Bronco Buster in the corner. Carmella goes for her submission but Emma is able to counter by grabbing Carmella’s hair and slamming her to the mat. She then hits a series of shoulder tackles on Carmella into the corner. Emma tries to follow up with a double underhook suplex but Carmella counters with a backslide and gets the three count. This was a pretty good match and helps build Carmella’s momentum going into her big championship match with Bayley next week.
We are shown clips of the controversial #1 contender’s triple threat match from last week where Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe both had Baron Corbin in a submission hold when Baron tapped. Regal is supposed to make a decision regarding who will be #1 contender tonight. Both Joe and Sami are asked about the finish. Sami believes he is the winner but it is up to Regal. Joe threatens the cameraman and walks off.
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassidy vs. ???
Before the match Enzo and Cass give a good promo to hype up the crowd. They never said the names of the guys Enzo and Cass destroyed. This was your pretty standard squash match. Cass tossed Enzo onto one of the jobbers to get the win. These guys are definitely at their best when they are chasing the titles but it seems like it might be time for them to either finally win the belts or move on to bigger things on the Main Roster.
Apollo Crews gives a promo backstage saying tonight is his night to prove himself. It is his night to prove that he has what it takes to become NXT Champion. We are then told we will hear from William Regal and his decision regarding last week’s triple threat match next. When we come back Regal says there will be a rematch. Corbin interrupts and says there better be a rematch. Regal says the one thing that was 100% certain is that Corbin lost, so he won’t be in the rematch. Corbin says Regal is a joke and leaves in a huff. Regal tells us there will be a rematch between Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn to determine the #1 contender. I’m down with that.
Asuka vs. Santana Garrett
Nice to see Santana in an NXT ring. She is a veteran on the indies and also has appeared in TNA and Global Force Wrestling. Santana hits Asuka with a series of forearms out of the lockup but Asuka just seems to enjoy them. She hits Santana with a hip attack followed by a series of kicks. Santana dodges a big roundhouse from Asuka but Asuka follows up with a huge overhand punch. Asuka then goes for a running kick to the head on a prone Santana but Santana counters with a rollup and gets a two count. Santana takes control and hits a big side Russian legsweep, getting another near fall. She then gets Asuka in an arm lock submission. Asuka counters by going for a leglock but Santana manages to get out of it. Santana hits the ropes and Asuka catches her in an armbar. Santana attempts to power out but Asuka turns it into the Asuka Lock and gets the submission victory. This was a really great showing by both Garrett and Asuka. Garrett got quite a bit of offense in but Asuka was just too much for her and continues to look unstoppable.
Finn Balor is interviewed backstage. He discusses last week’s triple threat match. He says Regal made the right decision by letting Joe and Sami have a rematch and settle things in the ring. He says that what should have happened in his previous match with Crews will happen tonight because he is the best. Good interview here by Balor and he does a good job showing the confidence of a champion.
Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor (Non-Title Match)
I am a huge fan of both of these guys so I am definitely hyped for this. The two shake hands to start things off. We get some good chain wrestling as Balor maintains control with a series of takedowns. Balor keeps Apollo on the ground with a headlock. Apollo manages to turn it over into a pin multiple times but the best he can get is a two count. Apollo finally gets Balor into the corner and Balor has to break the hold. Apollo gets Balor in a headlock of his own but Balor reverses it and gets Apollo back on the mat. Apollo powers out and whips Balor into the ropes. Apollo follows this up with big dropkick, sending Balor out of the ring. Balor is on the ramp as we go to break.
When we come back Apollo has Balor in a headlock in the ring, firmly in control. Balor powers out and irish whips Apollo. Apollo counters with a sunset flip but Balor counters with a dropkick and goes for the cover. He gets a one count and quickly follows up with an armbar on Crews. Crews powers Balor into the corner and gets a break. Balor hits some quick strikes and a big kick. He goes for a pin and gets a two count. He stays right on Crews, hitting some chops in the corner. He then hits a snapmare and goes for another pin, getting another two count. Balor again stays right on Crews, getting him back in armbar.Crews finally powers out and whips Balor into the corner. Balor hits a kick on a charging Crews but Crews responds with a series of clotheslines. He then hits a big splash in the corner. Finn recovers and goes for an attack on the apron but Crews counters with a big clothesline and Finn goes to the outside. Crews goes for flip attack off the apron but Balor gets out of the way. Crews anticipates this and lands on his feet on the ramp. Finn is already back in the ring and hits a big dive over the top rope on Crews. That was pretty awesome.
Finn tosses Crews back in the ring and goes up to the top rope for the Coup De Grace. He connects right on the back of the head of Crews and goes for the pin but Crews kicks out at the last second. Finn goes for a DDT but Crews counters by tackling Finn to the mat. He then hits a Samoan Drop and gets a two count on the pin attempt. Crews goes for an Enziguri but Balor sniffs it out and hits a Sling Blade on Crews. Apollo recovers in the corner, showing some fire, and hits Crews with a big boot. He then hits a huge Gorilla Press slam followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Crews goes for his toss powerbomb finisher but Balor counters with an enziguri and follows it up with another Sling Blade. He then hits the dropkick into the corner and the Coup De Grace. Instead of going for the cover Balor hits a big brain buster and then gets the three count.
This was a great match and both of these guys looked pretty amazing. Balor and Apollo shake hands and hug after the match, showing some great sportsmanship. In two weeks we’ll find out who is the number one contender as Samoa Joe will face off with Sami Zayn. So much great stuff going on in NXT! This was another great episode!
It’s February already! We are two months away from Wrestlemania 32 and I’ve decided I want to go as I want to see AJ Styles live. I want to see Nakamura vs. Zayn at Takeover: Dallas. I want to see Kevin Owens’ first WrestleMania appearance. There are a bunch of cool things to get excited about even if the likely main event of Triple H vs. Roman Reigns isn’t one of them. The match could surprise us all though. You never know, and that’s what makes wrestling so great. Let’s get this show on the road!
Tonight we are live in Birmingham, Alabama and we start things off with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Big “Suplex City” chants for Brock. Again, I really can’t do Paul Heyman justice so I recommend checking this out for yourself. I’ll do my best, though. Heyman talks about how the Wyatts’ conspiracy to remove Brock from the title picture at the Royal Rumble failed. When the time comes, he will have his revenge on the Wyatts. He said Stephanie did what was “Beast for Business” last week by putting Brock in the Fastlane match to decide who faces Triple H at WrestleMania. At Fastlane Brock will imprison both Ambrose and Reigns into Suplex City. He will stack one on top of the other and pin both at the same time. Triple H is a “Billion Dollar Trophy Husband.” That was awesome. Heyman is running down Ambrose, calling him a nutjob when Ambrose comes down to the ring.
Big cheers for Dean as he shows no fear stepping right into Brock’s face. He responds to Heyman’s nutjob comments by calling Heyman “Porky.” He says he isn’t crazy, he isn’t stupid. He respects Lesnar. But he wants the Title. He wants it so bad he’s going to fight his own brother for it and he’s going to fight Lesnar. He doesn’t want to fight Lesnar. He knows he is going to get a beating from both Lesnar and Reigns. He hopes Brock is prepared to give him the worst beating he has ever given because he is the Iron Man of the WWE. He says he wanted to tell Brock all this “out of respect.” He then leaves the ring. That was pretty great.
Kalisto vs. Rusev
Alberto Del Rio is at ringside on commentary. He will get his rematch against Kalisto for the U.S. Title at Fastlane. Rusev powers Kalisto into the corner out of the lockup and allows for a break. He does it a second time and this time goes for a punch but Kalisto hits a series of quick kicks. Rusev tries to turn a Kalisto hurricanrana into a powerbomb but Kalisto slides out of it. Rusev regains control with a series of stomps and kicks. He goes for another powerbomb but Kalisto sends him over the top rope with a headscissors. Kalisto goes for a plancha but Rusev responds with a big kick to the head as we go to break.
When we come back from the break Rusev is firmly in control in the ring. He hits a slam and gets a two count. Kalisto catches Rusev with a boot to the face in the corner and hits a tornado DDT to stun Rusev. He hits an enziguri off the ropes followed by a seated senton. He then hits a slingshot corkscrew off the ropes and goes for a splash but Rusev catches Kalisto and plants him to the mat with a huge slam. He gets a near fall. Rusev goes for a tackle into the corner but Kalisto dodges it and rolls up Rusev for a near fall of his own. Kalisto then hits a headscissors and plants Rusev into the mat, getting another two count.
Rusev rolls out of the ring and Kalisto goes for a plancha off the top turnbuckle. Rusev catches him and goes for a fallaway slam but Kalisto reverses and Rusev goes into the steps. Both men recover on the outside as the ref starts counting. Rusev tosses Kalisto onto the announce table but Kalisto lands on his feet and hits a headscissors. He then hits a hurricanrana off the apron and Rusev goes into the barricade. Kalisto gets back in the ring as the ref counts to ten and Rusev is counted out. Kalisto gets away as Rusev and ADR try to attack him in the ring. This was an exciting, fast paced match.
Backstage, Ambrose and Reigns are looking at the WWE Title and Stephanie comes in and talks some trash to Dean. She says Roman knows what it’s like to be so close to the title and compete for it at WrestleMania. She brings up all the partners who were betrayed, first mentioning Marty Janetty and then Seth Rollins betraying Reigns and Ambrose. She says she will test their partnership by having Reigns and Ambrose team up against The New Day tonight.
Rene interviews Brie Bella backstage, asking about Nikki’s recovery from neck surgery. Brie says Nikki is hopeful she will return to the ring but it will be a long recovery. Charlotte interrupts and says to pass her sympathies to Nikki. She wonders if she was responsible for Nikki’s injuries as Charlotte beat Nikki for the Divas championship and beat her again at Hell in A Cell. Pretty good heel work from Charlotte.
The Usos vs. Curtis Axel and Adam Rose
We got a pretty good Lillian botch as she called The Usos “Grammy award winning” instead of Slammy award winning. They replayed this after the commercial and the commentary team made some cracks about it. The Social Outcasts explain Bo’s absence by saying Bo Rida is working on some new tracks in the studio. In actuality, Bo and his real life brother Bray Wyatt had to leave RAW to be with their ailing grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan, who was hospitalized Monday Night. Best wishes to Mulligan and the rest of the family.
Axel starts off against Jay. Heath distracts Jay at the bell, allowing Axel to take control with a series of stomps in the corner. He tags in Adam Rose, who hits a combo backbreaker off the top rope. The Social Outcasts remain firmly in control, using quick tags, double teams, and distractions on the outside to maintain the advantage. Axel tags in and wears down Jay with a headlock, maintaining control despite Jay’s attempts to power out. Just as it appears Jay will get out of it, Axel whips him into the ropes and nails a dropkick. He tags in Adam Rose, who gets Jay in a sleeper hold. Jay does power out of this, hits an enziguri on Rose, and manages to get the hot tag to Jimmy. Jimmy clears the ring with a series of superkicks. He tags back in Jay as they hit a double superkick on Rose and then Jay hits the top rope splash to get the pinfall win. I enjoyed this match for the most part but the Uso comeback was pretty by the books. This definitely didn’t do much to establish The Social Outcasts as serious competitors as they were basically all taken down by Jimmy Uso.
MizTV with AJ Styles
The Miz starts off by praising AJ’s Royal Rumble debut. He says that AJ’s story is phenomenal and introduces AJ, who comes out to a big pop. We are shown highlights from AJ’s great RAW debut match against Chris Jericho as AJ makes his way into the ring. Miz starts off by saying that the WWE Universe wants to know who AJ Styles is. AJ tries to respond but The Miz proceeds to tell AJ’s story of overcoming the odds to become a star football player in high school. He then talks about AJ’s career in wrestling, traveling all over the globe and performing in smaller organizations. He says that AJ spent those years wondering what it would be like to be in the WWE and finally he made it into the Royal Rumble. He says doubts still linger for AJ despite his achievements. He then asks AJ where does he go from here but interrupts AJ before he can answer.
The Miz says AJ reminds him of his former protege, Daniel Bryan. He says Bryan didn’t do anything of merit until The Miz took him under his wing. He tries to get a Yes chant going and the crowd responds with No’s. He offers to be AJ’s mentor. The crowd starts booing and this sets off the Miz, who reminds us of all his achievements and asks who the hell AJ is anyway. AJ may have been a big fish in a small pond, but this is an ocean full of sharks and AJ will drown if he listens to the WWE Universe. The crowd is now chanting for AJ. The Miz says there is no chance in hell AJ can make it in the WWE without him. AJ finally attacks The Miz, slamming him in to a chair and punching him in the corner. Miz takes off and runs backstage as AJ yells “Do you know me know? I’m AJ Styles!” Great way to spotlight AJ and the crowd ate it up.
Brie Bella vs. Charlotte
Brie is accompanied by Alicia Fox and Charlotte is accompanied by her dad. Charlotte starts off by taunting Brie by doing some push ups in the ring. Brie goes after Charlotte and hits some punches followed by some stiff kicks and a dropkick. She goes for a running attack but Charlotte dodges it and sends Brie flying through the ropes. She attacks Brie on the outside and tosses her back in. She then slams her face into the mat twice and goes for a pin, getting a two count. Charlotte follows this up with a couple knees to the midsection and slams Brie back to the mat. She gets Brie in a leglock to the head and slams her to the mat. Brie bridges out and turns it into a pin attempt, getting a two count of her own. She hits Charlotte with a running bulldog and gets another two count. Charlotte looks for a backslide but Brie counters with a backslide of her own, getting another near fall. Brie goes to the top rope but Charlotte catches her on the ropes. Brie then counters with a sleeper. Ric Flair hops up on the apron. He and Alicia Fox get into it a bit and Ric keeps up his antics on the apron. Charlotte gets out of the sleeper with a backdrop slam on Brie and goes for the Figure Eight. Brie manages to reverse it into a rollup and surprises Charlotte with a three count. Brie celebrates her victory over the Divas Champion as Charlotte looks on in stunned silence. Brie looked really good here but I’m not sure what this means for the title picture as you already have Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks vying for the belt. I guess more viable contenders is never a bad thing and I don’t see any problem with making Charlotte look vulnerable.
The Big Show vs. Erick Rowan
As I mentioned previously, Bray isn’t here as he had to leave to be with his grandfather. Rowan comes to the ring with Harper and Strowman. Harper and Strowman surround Big Show on the outside before the match starts and Show fends them off by grabbing the ring steps. He starts off against Harper with some punches and goes after Rowan in the corner. Rowan goes for a slam but Show counters with a suplex. Strowman and Harper both try to distract Show but he knocks them off the apron. Rowan goes for a running attack from behind but Show counters with a chokeslam and gets the three count. That was a nothing match but its main purpose was to set up the beat down of Big Show in the ring after the match. The Wyatts roll Show outside the ring and whip him into the steps. Harper gets up on the steps and kicks Show in the face. Strowman and Rowan then slam Big Show onto the steps to finish things off.
Titus O’Neil vs. Tyler Breeze
It’s good to see Breeze on RAW as we haven’t seen much of him lately. O’Neil starts things off by countering a Breeze headlock with a slam. Breeze goes for a top rope attack and Titus catches him and nails Breeze with a backbreaker. Breeze makes a comeback by countering a Titus corner attack and nailing Titus with a series of kicks. He then gets Titus in a half crab but Titus gets to the ropes. Breeze tries to drag Titus to the corner but Titus throws him across the ring with one arm. He then nails Breeze with a huge clothesline and follows it up with Clash of the Titus to get the win. That was very disappointing. Maybe the rumors of Breeze being in the doghouse with Vince are true. Titus appears to have tweaked his knee though as he removes his knee pad and limps out of the ring.
Backstage Triple H confronts Brock Lesnar and asks if Lesnar is going soft as he let Dean walk out of the ring earlier. Brock says they will find out at WrestleMania and he will see Triple H there.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Hopefully this will be great and bring things up after the last two not so great matches. Owens starts off in control, tossing Ziggler to the outside and talking trash. Ziggler hits a dropkick and Owens rolls out of the ring. Ziggler goes for a running attack on the outside but Owens counters and throws him into the timekeeper’s area as we go to break. When we come back Owens has Dolph back in the ring in a headlock. Dolph attempts to power out but Owens whips him into the turnbuckle and he hits it hard. Owens follows up with his cannonball splash. He then nails a downed Ziggler with some kicks. Ziggler fights back with some punches and a headbutt but Owens nails a big boot and gets a two count on Ziggler. Owens continues to taunt Dolph as he nails him with some stomps. He punches Ziggler in the head as he continues to taunt him. He then nails a short clothesline and goes for a senton but Ziggler rolls out of the way.
Owens goes for a tackle in the corner but Ziggler gets out of the way and Owens eats the ringpost. Ziggler nails a series of splashes but Owens powers out with a big slam. He whips Ziggler in the ropes, going for the Pop Up Powerbomb but Ziggler hangs on to the ropes and nails Owens with a superkick. Owens goes to the outside and Ziggler hits the fameasser on the floor. He rolls Owens back in and goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Owens counters with a backdrop slam and gets a near fall. Owens catches Ziggler in the corner and hits another cannonball splash. He then goes for the Pop Up Powerbomb but Dolph counters with the Zig Zag and gets the three count for the win. This was a great back and forth match. Ziggler took some crazy bumps and both of these guys looked great.
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
Sasha starts off with an in-ring promo to tell us she’s back and that this time it is on her terms. She is on her own now and nothing with stop her from becoming Divas Champion. Sasha says Becky and Brie can’t hold a candle to her. Naomi and Tamina interrupt. They say this is a proud moment as Sasha is out on her own. Sasha says Team BAD will always be her family but she needs to do this on her own. Naomi says she understands, that she knew this would happen as all partnerships must end at some point. Naomi says they can be competitors and still be sisters. Naomi says they have Sasha’s back. Sasha says she still wants the three of them to have unity and they do their unity handshake thing as Becky comes to the ring.
Sasha and Becky lock up and Sasha slams Becky to the mat, taunting Becky. Becky hits a takedown on Sasha but Sasha counters with a rollover and get get a one count. Becky counters with a pin attempt of her own, getting a one count as well. The two hit the ropes and Becky hits an armdrag on Sasha. Sasha then gets Becky in the corner and hits Becky with a double knee drop. Sasha hits a running armdrag out of the corner and then kicks Becky off the apron and to the floor. Naomi and Tamina grab Becky but Sasha tells them to leave Becky alone as she says she has this. Naomi and Tamina seem to oblige but then drag Sasha out of the ring and attack her on the floor, causing the ref to ring the bell. Becky comes to Sasha’s aid as they take out Naomi and Tamina together. So now Team BAD has imploded. Hopefully this will be the end of the silly faction wars that stifled what could have been a great Divas Revolution and we will get some real feuds and matches.
Rene Young interviews Chris Jericho backstage, bringing up Jericho’s loss to AJ Styles on last week’s RAW. Jericho says everyone is talking about Styles but he isn’t talking about him, he’s thinking about him constantly. He says anything can happen in the WWE and that it happened last week. He puts over AJ, saying AJ is there for the long haul and he is the real deal. He says he is going to be paying close attention to what happens in AJ’s match with The Miz on Smackdown.
R-Truth is in the bathroom and finds Goldust standing on a toilet. Goldust asks him to be his tag team partner and that Golden Truth is a hot idea. R-Truth says he’s flattered but he doesn’t want to tag with him. Goldust asks why and Truth says Goldust is a weirdo. He then makes fun of the fact that Goldust just stepped in a toilet. Goldust makes fun of the fact that Truth’s last partner was the imaginary Little Jimmy. R-Truth says that cuts deep and leaves.
The New Day vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Big E starts off by calling Birmingham “Booty-ham” in their intro. Paul Heyman is at ringside on commentary. Xavier gets on the mic and says they are sick and tired of hearing about Bootygate, which they use to refer to The Rock’s comments about them on RAW last week. They say The Rock has a problem with foul language and that this is family programming. They implore Rock to think of the children. They cut to a kid wearing a Bullet Club shirt. They say tonight is about revenge and tonight they will beat up The Rock’s cousin and his friend, referring to them as “Ambreigns.” Great stuff from The New Day, as always.
Kofi and Big E will be competing for The New Day and it’s Reigns and Kofi to start things off. Kofi starts off with a series of headlocks and hammerlocks and taunts Reigns. They go for a test of strength and Kofi kicks out of it and gets Reigns in a headlock. Roman powers out and then knocks Kofi down with a right hand. Ambrose tags in and punches Kofi in the corner. He follows up with a side suplex and then nails a downed Kofi with a running clothesline. They then trade blows in the corner and Ambrose comes out on top after a series of chops. He then slams Kofi and tags in Reigns. Reigns goes for a tackle in the corner and Kofi counters with an elbow. Reigns then nails him with a big boot. He goes for a Superman Punch but Big E drags Kofi out of the ring as we go to break.
When we come back from the break Kofi is in control in the ring. We are shown that during the break Big E tackled Reigns into the barricade on the outside. Big E tags in and nails Reigns with a series of kicks to the gut. He then goes for a splash on the apron but Reigns rolls out of the way and Big E lands hard. Reigns tags in Ambrose who hits a series of strikes on Big E. He then counters a Big E Irish whip with a running forearm. Kofi tries to interfere and Ambrose goes after him on the outside, throwing him into the barricade. Big E tries to capitalize on the distraction but Ambrose tosses him to the outside. Ambrose then nails a suicide dive on Big E. While Ambrose is celebrating, Xavier nails him with a kick from behind and Big E is able to tag out to Kofi. Kofi hits Ambrose with a kick from the apron, tosses him inside, and gets a two count. The New Day then gang up on Ambrose with the Unicorn Stampede. They finish the double team off with Big E whipping Kofi into the corner and Kofi nailing a dropkick on Ambrose.
Kofi continues the assault on Ambrose, hitting a chop and a big kick in the corner. He tags in Big E who gets Ambrose in an abdominal stretch. He spanks Ambrose repeatedly trying to get a “New Day Rocks” chant going but Ambrose gets out of it by biting Big E on the nose. Big E responds with slam and tags out to Kofi. Kofi goes for a flying attack off the top turnbuckle but Ambrose counters. Kofi manages to tag out to Big E before Ambrose can get the energy to tag in Reigns. Big E goes for a slam but Ambrose counters with a suplex, creating some space and allowing him to make the hot tag to Reigns. Big E tags in Kofi but Reigns is all over him. He nails a series of slams and then some clotheslines in the corner.Very mixed reaction from the crowd. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch but Xavier and Big E distract Reigns on the apron. He fights them off but Kofi is able to capitalize and hits a kick on Reigns in the corner and is able to tag out to Big E. Big E goes for a slam but Reigns reverses and both men are down. They both tag in their partners and Ambrose tries to clean house but gets distracted by Xavier on the outside. Kofi hits a big kick from the apron but Reigns hits a clothesline off the steps on Kofi. Big E surprises Reigns with a big slam on the floor. Big E tosses Ambrose back in and nails him with a running attack. He sets up Ambrose for a Kofi attack from the top rope but Ambrose gets out of it. Reigns takes out Kofi with a spear and Ambrose nails Big E with Dirty Deeds to get the three count.
Before Reigns and Ambrose can celebrate, Brock comes out. Kofi and Xavier attack Reigns and Ambrose from behind. Reigns and Ambrose are able to fight them off but Brock gets in the ring and nails Ambrose with an F5. We end the show with Brock standing tall on the stage. Overall this was an enjoyable RAW. There were a couple dud matches but I think it did a good job building feuds and matches for Fastlane and continuing the road to WrestleMania. There was a lot of emphasis on Ambrose tonight, which is exciting, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
The Hulu preview image for this week’s Smackdown features Neville and Kalisto so that is a good sign. I am optimistic as this is also A.J. Styles’ Smackdown debut. We start off with a recap of the events of the Royal Rumble and RAW. We then start off things in Tampa with the New Day. Has Kofi explained why he wears Iron Sheik boots? We’re shown a clip from RAW where The New Day faced off with The Rock on the mic and got taken out by The Rock and The Usos. So far this show has been 7 minutes of recaps. Back in real time, The New Day say that The Rock should should be ashamed of himself and that he doesn’t have gold like they do. They criticize Rocky’s use of harsh language, saying he has a “doo doo mouth,” and remind him it is a PG show. The Miz comes down and says he was also humiliated by The Rock and that he does not get upstaged. The Usos interrupt. They make fun of the fact that The Miz is still talking about main eventing Wrestlemania 4 years ago. Titus O’Neil and Dolph Ziggler join The Usos at ringside and they charge the ring and clear out The Miz and New Day. Did Prime Time Players break up again and they just didn’t bother to tell anybody? Darren Young wrestled in the Royal Rumble pre-show so it’s not like he’s hurt.
The New Day & The Miz vs. The Usos, Dolph Ziggler, and Titus O’Neil
Xavier starts off against Jay but quickly tags to The Miz. Jay gets Miz in a headlock but The Miz sends him into the ropes and Jay responds with a shoulder tackle. Some good work to get things started between Jay and The Miz. Lots of great trash talking by Xavier as Jay tags in Jimmy and they hit a double elbow on The Miz. The Miz nails Jimmy with a jawbreaker and tags out to Kofi. Jimmy tags in Titus, who nails Kofi with a big slap to the chest in the corner. Kofi tries to get away but Titus drags him into the corner and hits another slap. The crowd asks for another and Titus obliges. He tags in Dolph who hits a standing dropkick and gets a two count. Kofi goes for the eyes and then hits a dropkick. He tags in Xavier who hits a dropkick of his own. Xavier powers Dolph into the corner and tags in Big E. Big E hits a big slam and gets a two count. Dolph makes a comeback and gets a hot tag to Jimmy Uso. Jimmy hits the corner splash and clears the ring.
Big E surprises Jimmy with a belly to belly suplex and The New Day takes control. The Miz joins in on the Unicorn Stampede followed by Miz’s corner clothesline. Kofi is tagged in and Jimmy attempts to make a comeback. Kofi gets a hot tag to Xavier but Woods gets smashed into the ropes and Jimmy makes the tag to Titus while Woods barely tags in The Miz. Titus clears the ring and all hell breaks loose. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Woods and The Usos take care of the rest of The New Day with superkicks and dives to the outside. The Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale on Dolph but Titus comes from behind and nails him with Clash of the Titus to get the pinfall. This was a great, fast paced match but it’s time to find some new opponents for The New Day.
Neville vs. Kalisto (U.S. Championship Match)
This should be a great match. Some quick action to start at the bell. Kalisto goes for a monkey flip and Neville lands on his feet. Kalisto nails a great flying headscissors out of a handstand and Neville goes to the outside. Kalisto goes for a hurricanrana off the apron and Neville catches him and goes for a running powerbomb but Kalisto reverses it into a hurricanrana into the barricade. They both land hard. After the break Kalisto goes for a springboard hurricanrana but Neville turns it into a powerbomb and gets a two count. Neville takes control and they go up to the top rope. Kalisto turns the tables on Neville and hits an amazing hurricanrana from the top rope. Mauro calls it a super frankensteiner. I think that is the same thing but I am not really sure. I think I need to take a class on wrestling moves. Let me know your thoughts if you are reading this. Neville comes back with some stiff kicks to the midsection of Kalisto. He goes for a deadlift suplex but Kalisto counters with a sunset flip and gets a two count. Neville goes for another suplex and this time Kalisto counters with a modified Salida Del Sol and gets the three count for the win. This was really good. There were some near botches but both of these guys worked hard and made it look great.
The Highlight Reel with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Man, I wish Jericho was back full time. He has looked great during this run. He is always great on the mic and has proved he definitely is still great in the ring. Jericho starts things off by talking about the Royal Rumble, reminding us he went 51 minutes. He then talks about RAW and his match with AJ Styles, which was amazing. He hypes up Fastlane, which will feature a triple threat match between Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar to determine who will face Triple H at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship.
Jericho introduces Dean Ambrose, who comes to the ring with flowers. Jericho then introduces Roman Reigns, who seems to be getting a decent reaction, especially from kids. Again, it’s hard to tell what is real on Smackdown but judging by the looks on people’s faces he is getting a good response. Ambrose gives the flowers to Jericho, saying his set could use some decoration as it basically consists of one TV in the middle of the ring. Reigns and Ambrose say that their friendship won’t be affected by their Fastlane match but they are prepared to beat the heck out of each other. Jericho asks them about Lesnar and the fact that while Reigns knows what to expect, Dean hasn’t been in the ring with Lesnar. Ambrose says he’s not afraid because he’s indestructible. He has no time to be scared because a trip to WrestleMania is on the line. Reigns responds by telling Dean that Lesnar is for real and he doesn’t understand. He is unlike anyone he’s competed against. Dean says that technically he doesn’t have to beat Lesnar, he just has to beat Reigns. Roman responds by saying it will be the first time because Dean hasn’t beat Roman.
The Wyatt Family interrupt. Bray says The Wyatts slayed the Beast at the Royal Rumble. Reigns says he doesn’t know what Bray is talking about and that he should come down to the ring so they can settle it with their fists. Bray says tonight he plans to put Roman, Jericho, and Ambrose to the test. He challenges them to a match tonight and tells them to run. Remember when Jericho turned his back on Dean and Roman just a few months ago? I guess no one else does either. How do you have a show with a big writing staff and claim you are just as great as scripted dramas and stuff like that happens all the time? Just put AJ out there so I can try to not be bothered by this.
The Social Outcasts are in the ring after the break. They say they should have been the hottest thing trending after RAW and the awesome Bo Rida rap battle but instead everyone is talking about AJ Styles. Axel is upset that AJ ended his year long run in the Royal Rumble and calls him out.
Curtis Axel vs. AJ Styles
Man, everything about AJ is awesome. The theme song is really warming up on me. If you missed his match against Jericho on RAW you owe it to yourself to check it out. Axel is no Jericho but I am looking forward to this match as well. AJ hits an awesome dropkick to start things off followed by some stiff kicks and a knee drop. Axel hangs on to the ring apron and comes back with a clothesline. He then nails a series of stomps on AJ in the corner and a big dropkick. He follows this up with a backbreaker. He goes for an elbow off the second rope and AJ rolls out of the way. AJ nails a huge clothesline followed by a roundhouse kick. He goes for a fireman’s carry but Axel gets out of it.
AJ hits a beautiful Pele kick off the second turnbuckle and gets a two count. The Social Outcasts try to distract AJ and AJ nails Rose with a flying punch and then takes out Bo and Slater with a dive to the outside. Axel tries to drag AJ back in the ring but AJ catches him on the ropes. He goes for a springboard attack but Axel nails him with a kick. Axel goes for a Perfect Plex but AJ gets out of it and hits a Pele Kick followed by a Styles Clash for the three count. Awesome. The Outcasts try to attack AJ after the match but AJ is too quick for them.
Charlotte vs. Natalya
Natalya and Charlotte had the match that truly sparked a revolution in NXT but somehow I’m doubting we’ll get anything close to that tonight. We do get some great chain wrestling and back and forth to start things off. Natalya hits a snapmare and runs right over Charlotte’s face. She follows this up with a dropkick. Charlotte gets a rope break and surprises Natalya with a huge kick to the face. Charlotte takes her time going for the pin and gets a two count. She locks Nattie in an abdominal stretch and Natalya manages to reverse it . Charlotte attempts a reversal but Natalya turns it into a backslide. Charlotte gets out of that right away. Natalya hits Nattie by Nature and then a German release suplex. Charlotte rolls out of the ring. Natalya tosses her back in and Ric distracts Natalya with some woos. Charlotte takes advantage by hitting a chop block and then gets Natalya in the Figure 8 to get the submission victory. Charlotte locks Nattie in the Figure 4 after the match and Becky Lynch makes the save. Charlotte stares down Becky on the ramp. This match got more time than I thought it would and was a great match. I’m glad Becky is still in the mix as I was worried she would be an afterthought after Sasha made her return at the Royal Rumble.
R-Truth is stretching outside the arena and Goldust joins him. He asks if he can run with R-Truth. R-Truth seems a little unsure about it. He seems to still think Goldust is asking to sleep with him. Goldust assures him he just wants to be in a tag team but then says he needs a groin massage and R-Truth takes off. I don’t mind them teaming up, it could actually be pretty fun but I’m already kind of tired of these skits. They sound like they were written by a 12 year old.
The Wyatts vs. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Chris Jericho
Jericho starts things off against Erick Rowan as it’s Harper, Rowan, and Bray in for The Wyatts. Jericho tags in Ambrose and they double team Rowan. Ambrose hits a big dropkick and tags in Roman. Roman hits some strikes in the neutral corner. He drives Rowan into his corner and tags in Jericho. Rowan takes control and he tags in Harper as they hit a double team on Jericho. Harper hits some palm strikes followed by a stiff kick. He goes for a backdrop but Jericho hits a big boot. He hits an elbow off the turnbuckle and goes for the Walls of Jericho. Harper powers out of it but Jericho responds with an enziguri and gets a two count. He then hits a running clothesline into the corner and then goes for a mounted ten punch but Harper counters with a delayed vertical suplex.
When we come back from break Bray is in and nails Jericho with a clothesline. He tags in Rowan who grinds his fists into the temple of Jericho. Jericho tries to come back with some punches but Rowan counters with a backbreaker and gets a two count on the pin attempt. He tags out to Harper and Harper gets Jericho in a modified reverse figure four leg lock. Jericho gets out of it with some strikes to the face but Harper locks him in a sleeper hold. Jericho again powers out and goes for a crossbody but Harper counters with a Michinoku Driver and gets a near fall. That was pretty awesome. Harper is one of the most underrated wrestlers on the roster and Jericho is bringing out the greatness in him. Harper hits a big boot to knock Reigns off the apron and then goes for a running splash on Jericho but Jericho hits a Codebreaker and tags out to Ambrose while Harper tags in Rowan.
Ambrose hits a Thesz press on Rowan and follows this up with a forearm and a running bulldog. He hits an elbow off the turnbuckle and gets a two count on Rowan. He then hits a slingshot dive onto Bray on the outside. Rowan goes for a dive but Ambrose lowers the rope and Rowan lands hard on the outside. Ambrose tosses Rowan back in the ring and goes for a diving attack but Rowan counters with a spinning heel kick and gets a two count. Rowan tags in Bray, who hits a big senton on Ambrose. He goes for Sister Abigail but Ambrose counters with a rollup and gets a two count. Bray nails him with a punch but Ambrose hits a rebound clothesline. He gets a hot tag to Reigns as Bray tags in Harper and Reigns goes to town on Harper. He hits a series of clotheslines in the corner and then nails a big boot on Harper and goes for the pin. Rowan breaks it up Ambrose takes out Rowan and Jericho nails a springboard dropkick on Wyatt. Jericho and Ambrose then hit double springboard planchas to the outside on Wyatt and Rowan. Pretty awesome.
Back in the ring, Reigns goes for a Superman punch but Strowman hits him from behind in the corner and Harper gets a rollup off the distraction for a two count. Reigns hits the Superman punch and goes for the pin but Strowman breaks it up, dragging Reigns out of the ring. The ref calls for the bell and Ambrose tries to get a sleeper on Strowman but Strowman slams him to the ground. Jericho attacks Strowman but Strowman tosses him across the announce table. The Wyatts drag Reigns into the ring.
The Big Show comes down and takes out Harper and Rowan on the floor. He faces off with Strowman. Harper and Rowan attack Show from behind and the Wyatts all gang up on Show in the ring. Roman comes in and goes for a Superman punch on Strowman but Strowman catches him in a chokehold. Big Show gets up and gets Stowman in a chokehold. He tosses Strowman out of the ring as Bray goes for Sister Abigail on Reigns. Roman gets out of it and nails a Superman punch on Bray. Jericho and Ambrose get back in and take out Rowan, leaving Harper all alone. The Big Show throws Harper right into a Reigns spear and the good guys stand tall in the ring. I guess Big Show is a good guy again. This was another really good episode of Smackdown. I enjoyed all the matches, especially Neville vs. Kalisto and AJ vs. Axel.